The officer named Vijaynanda Khunta was called after the leopard attacked a teenager in the village, reports Daily Mirror. Villagers can be seen running for cover as the leopard jumps from roofs. The video shows the leopard emerging from the roof and lunging at the forest ranger who was also standing on the roof. The officer was forced to jump off the roof to save his life as the big cat almost grabbed him.
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The leopard that was hiding in a cow shed was finally captured after a 12-hour search mission. According to ANI, the leopard injured three people in the village, including the forest officer. The animal will reportedly be shifted to Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar.
Facing shrinking habitats, leopards often stray into populated neighbourhoods looking for food and have encounters with people.
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